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Youth mobility: Maximizing opportunities for individuals, labour markets and regions in Europe

YMOBILITY is a Horizon 2020 funded project running from March 2015-March 2018. The YMOBILITY project aims to develop enhanced understandings of the youth mobility and migration in Europe. 

YMOBILITY develops a comprehensive research programme which addresses the following issues:

  • identifying, and quantifying, the main types of international youth mobility in the EU, and their key characteristics
  • understanding what determines which individuals do and which do not participate in international mobility as personal and professional development strategies: their motives, migration channels and information sources
  • analyzing the individual outcomes in terms of both employability and careers and non-economic terms
  • analyzing the territorial outcomes for the regions of both origin and destination, in economic, demographic and cultural terms
  • differentiating between short-term and long-term outcomes, taking into account return migration and future intentions to migrate
  • identifying implications for policies in migration but also of education, the economy and housing.   


The 9 countries involved in the YMOBILITY project represent different contexts for youth mobility. This allows for a focus on countries predominantly associated with immigration and migrant reception, countries associated with net emigration and countries experiencing both outwards and inwards migration. The 9 partner countries involved in YMOBILITY are:

  • the UK and Sweden (Destination countries)
  • Romania, Slovakia and Latvia (Sending countries)
  • Germany, Italy, Ireland and Spain (Destination and sending countries)

Given the breadth and scope of YMOBILITY, the research programme consists of a number of complimentary methodological strands. The research will utilize existing secondary data for the whole of the EU, to compliment primary quantitative data (large-scale surveys) and qualitative data (interviews). The policy analysis will be informed by interviews undertaken with key informants. Experimental methods will be used to assess how individuals will respond to different scenarios of future economic and social change.


For further information on YMOBILITY @ UCC please do not hesitate to contact:

Dr. Piaras Mac Éinrí (PI)
Lecturer in Migration Studies, Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century, University College Cork

Dr. Orla McGarry
Post-doctoral Researcher YMOBILITY project, University College Cork

Ms. Siobhán O’ Brien
YMOBILITY Project Administrator, William Thompson House, University College Cork
College Road, Cork, Ireland
+ 353 (0)21-490-3398


Further details about the YMOBILITY project are available at:

Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21)

Top Floor, Carrigbawn/Safari Building, Donovan Road, Cork, T12 YE30